The Judging Policy:
**ALL JUDGES ARE REQUIRED TO READ AND
UNDERSTAND THE FOLLOWING REGULATIONS. ANY QUESTIONS SHOULD BE
DIRECTED TO THE JUDGING STAFF IMMEDIATELY**
Duties of the Judge
- The primary job of the judge is to moderate
the round. Every judge needs to keep decorum within the round.
- Each judge must comprehensively flow the
arguments of the round. This flow will need to be presented for
any speaker points requiring an oral justification.
- Every judge must complete an extensive
Reason For Decision (RFD) including justification for each speaker
points and ranks and the winner of the round based upon a
wholistic view of the arguments presented.
- Judges must also either rule on points of
order within the round or provide an answer on the ballot.
- Each judge must independently preside over
time in case disputes arise.
Instructions at the tournament
- At the end of the round the judge should
assign a winner, speaker points, and ranks. Turn this sheet (the
white sheet) in to JA IMMEDIATELY after the round, BEFORE writing
the RFD and speaker comments.
- Ballots will be inspected by the Judging
Staff to ensure compliance with all policies including the needs
for oral justification, that no low-points wins have been given,
and if an ironman was indeed able to pick up.
- Remain with a member of the Judging Staff
until your ballot has been approved. At that point, complete the
RFD and speaker comments in JA and turn that in before leaving JA.
Instructions for ballots
- Low point wins are not allowed. The winning
team in a round must have a cumulative score that is higher than
the losing team.
- Ranks must reflect the speaker scores given.
I.e. the higher the score, the lower the rank.
- Every ballot must include extensive comments
for each speaker as well as for the overall decision.
- All outround judges must be able to justify
their decision with an appropriate flow if requested, but written
ballots are optional.
- Every judge must complete an RFD which
fulfills the following qualifications:
- Judges should make their decisions based
ONLY upon what was said in the round and taking into account
EVERYTHING that was said in the round.
- Judicial intervention is not allowed.
- An RFD must show significant care and
consideration and must account for stylistic, technical, and
analytical aspects of the round.
- It must justify why each team won the
arguments that they did and justify why those arguments were the
most important parts of the round.
- A competitor reading your ballot should
not be unclear as to why you made the decision that you did,
even if they disagree with it.
- ALL BALLOTS AND JUDGES THAT FULLY MEET THESE
REQUIREMENTS WILL BE UPHELD BY THE TOURNAMENT.
- The point scale is centered on a 24.5. A
more extensive explanation of this policy can be found elsewhere
in this packet.
- As would be implied by our centering on a
24.5, we are allowing half points to be given; no smaller decimals
will be permitted.
- Speaker points may be deducted for any
speaker who is particularly rude or infringes on the competitorís
ability to debate fairly. This conduct is allowed to be penalized
without a Point of Personal Privilege being called.
POCs (Points of Clarification)
POCs are not included within time but POIs are.
Allow for POCs in order to insure the quality of the
round but within a reasonable level of timeliness. If they are being
used excessively, encourage the speaker to continue.
POOs (Points of Order)
- Rule immediately on POOs related to time.
- Other POOs can be ruled upon immediately or
be taken under consideration and decided upon on the ballot. Do
not stop time to consider POOs.
How to treat ironmen
- If you are judging a round where one team is
composed of only one debater you must give separate points and
ranks for each position performed by that debater.
- Unless otherwise notified, assume that the
ironman team is able to win the round.
- All judges will be tab-scratched from
judging any school that they have been or are currently affiliated
- Notify the Judging Director of any other
additional teams you would like to be scratched from or have been
involved with, for any reason. This is imperative. This includes
schools you may have coached, founded, or dated among- you are
required to notify us of any conflicts of interests you may have.
Failure to comply will result in the termination of your
participation at Nationals.
- Oral justifications must be given for any
speaker points of 23 or below or 27 and above. These must be given
to the judging staff at Nationals.
- Oral justifications must include a detailed
flow and the judge must be prepared to answer questions about the
- Do not hesitate to give these scores, simply
be aware that they must be justified.
- We expect most speeches at Nationals to be
above average, but want to insure the legitimacy and rationale
behind those decisions and guard against point inflation.
- For any and all concerns regarding the
judging policy donít hesitate to contact the Judging Staff
- Amanda Fuller (720-341-3046)
- Abby Hinchcliff (607-229-3331)
- Laura Silver (610-715-3859)